Mozilla Adds Undetectable document.all Support, Part of New Novell Linux Distribution?

Friday July 23rd, 2004

Jacob writes: "Mozilla builds starting tomorrow will now support an undetectable version of document.all. This will help with sites that blindly use document.all in DHTML scripts. The support should also show up in the next Firefox release. More information is available in the bug."

An important thing to remember is that this will not break existing scripts that check for document.all, it will only work in cases where the script assumes it is running in IE, and does not first check to be sure that document.all works. If document.all is checked for, Mozilla will continue to block its use and act as it always has.

Update: The Register is reporting that Novell will soon be coming out with a slimmed down version of SuSE Linux targeted at exterprise desktops. The interesting part of this story is that they will be shipping a browser that "supported IE6 extensions, making it possible to access IE-only websites." Time will tell if this new support for document.all is related to the Novell news.

#37 Re: Re: 1.7

by jgraham

Saturday July 24th, 2004 4:07 PM

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"I think the user should be warned that the site uses proprietary and broken formats"

Why stop there? Why not pop the annoying bar up for every page that uses another nonstandard feature in implemented in the Mozilla DOM (there are many). How about using it if we render the page in quirks mode? What about if the page doesn't validate? Defines accesskeys that conflict with application keys? Has out-of-order headings?

With enough persistance, we can probably get the yellow bar to appear for almost every site on the net.